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ADM stops unauthorized lucky draw contest

Thiruvananthapuram: The food safety department destroyed 15 boxes of ice candies during Attukal pongala on Tuesday. The boxes, each carrying around 75 ice sticks, were destroyed as a follow up to its drive against use of artificial sweeteners in ice candies.
The department had initiated a major drive against the sale of ice and cotton candies after noticing rampant use of artificial sweeteners like saccharine and carcinogenic dulcin. In a drive that started on February 12, the food safety department had closed down three ice manufacturing units that used artificial sweeteners and colours.
Food safety officer A Satish Kumar said that ice candies were brought from a manufacturing unit in Kottayam. “Apart from the sale of ice candies, no other food safety issues were reported during the festival,” he said.
The department has successfully brought majority of food distribution units under them by making registration mandatory for all sellers.
ADM stops unauthorized lucky draw contest : The district administration’s move to seal down an unauthorized lucky draw contest organized by the Killippalam Poura Samithi at Killippalam Junction made way for minor tension amidst the pious atmosphere of Attukal pongala. The Poura Samithi was conducting the contest for devotees, in which the latter stood chances of winning prizes, including household utensils. The first prize was a Yamaha Ray scooter. Each coupon was prized Rs 20.
When the matter was brought to the notice of district collector Biju Prabhakar, he deputed additional district magistrate T R Azad to inquire into the matter and take action. Azad and team reached the spot but the Samithi members refused to cooperate and they even tried to block him and other officials from carrying out their duty. Following this, more cops rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The ADM seized all the coupons and stopped the contest. No police case was registered in this regard till Tuesday night.

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